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This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

The Founders' Views Of A Free Press

America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Founders spoke glowingly about the press as a pillar of democracy and... — Updated 7/1/2020


Support Wildlife In Southern Appalachian Forests

Forests in the Southern Appalachians are some of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world: however, these forests have departed from healthy conditions and many wildlife and plant species are in decline due to... — Updated 6/29/2020


Dispelling Some Myths About COVID-19

There is almost an infodemic of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. What works: Pretty basic and largely unchanged from what you already learned: 1. Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart because when you breathe, talk or... — Updated 6/29/2020

 By Gray Jernigan    Opinion

U.S. Forest Service Plans Fail To Protect Area Water Quality

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are the headwaters of seven major river systems, providing drinking water for millions of people in four southeastern states and wildlife habitat for a bewildering array of native species,... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Recognized As Top Critical Access Hospital

As Transylvania Regional Hospital has navigated, along with all of you, a new way of life and care provision in the wake of COVID-19, we are still here delivering excellent care to our community. Transylvania Regional Hospital... — Updated 6/24/2020


You Decide: Are We In For A Strong Economic Recovery?

My best friend at N.C. State University was a physicist. We had much in common. We were both transplants from the North. Our spouses taught elementary school. We were passionate baseball fans. He grew up in New England, so he... — Updated 6/22/2020


You Decide: Can We Truly Have Both Health And Wealth?

In the five previous recessions I’ve lived through as a professional economist, the government did everything it could to encourage consumers to buy and businesses to sell. The more consumers bought and the more that businesses... — Updated 6/17/2020


DSS Highlights Beware The Risks Of Summer Living

National Safety Month June swept in like a breath of fresh air, with summer sun shining, soft rain soaking in and our social restrictions lifted. Our county is waking up from the pandemic spring to the new normal summer. For all of... — Updated 6/15/2020


We Have Much Work To Do To Be Exceptional

Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an ideal of giving voice to ordinary people across a diverse land and a... — Updated 6/10/2020


Dedicated to Doing the Right Thing

Ever since I was first sworn in as your Sheriff in December 2006, we have expressed the following motto: “We are dedicated to doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons.” Although I completely understand not ev... — Updated 6/8/2020


Brevard Police Committed To Protecting Everyone

George Floyd. Say his name. We as a nation and law enforcement community should never forget his name. George Floyd was a victim at the hands of his protectors, four Minneapolis police officers. The actions of one officer and the... — Updated 6/8/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Why Representative Democracy Is Best Option

Over the last few years, the health of American democracy has come under great scrutiny. Polling routinely shows that Americans are concerned that democratic institutions aren’t working as well as they ought to. Inevitably, this... — Updated 6/3/2020


Challenges To U.S. Leadership

The U.S. has been the world’s leader for decades in promoting democracy, political liberalization, free trade and collective security. For the most part, Americans support that role, but many are wondering about its costs and... — Updated 5/20/2020


Residents: Don't Be Snowed By Dollar General

Dollar General’s recent public relation statements are eager to convince the public they are doing right by our county and area Fish & Wildlife office. If only the project at 276 and Becky Mountain Road truly reflected this.... — Updated 5/20/2020


Congress Is More Partisan And Less Productive

If you feel like Congress has become less productive, less functional and more partisan, you’re right. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it’s changed over the years since I served there in the ‘60s to the ‘90s,... — Updated 5/18/2020


Will We Regret The Rescues From The Crisis?

The coronavirus crisis continues to be “the” story of our day. Few events have hit our lives and our economy with such force. We anxiously watch the daily data on cases and deaths, hoping to see the curves finally turn... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Staff Redesigns Policies And Practices For COVID-19

As we enter May, we are celebrating both National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16), perfect opportunities to express thanks for our incredible nursing and staff teams at Transylvania Regional Hospital... — Updated 5/13/2020


Guest Column: Reopening North Carolina

During Phase 1 of the state’s reopening our DSS (Department of Social Services) building will remain closed to the public, but we are still busy working inside. If you have any questions or need assistance for any of the many... — Updated 5/13/2020


You Decide: How Does The Future Impact The Stock Market?

The world has been shocked by the coronavirus outbreak. One part of the economy clearly impacted has been the stock market. The stock market is now in – what experts term – a “bear market,” meaning losses from the last... — Updated 5/11/2020

 By Virginia Meyn    Opinion

Guest Column: One World At Home

Long ago and far away, the Bubonic Plague or Black Death, known simply as The Plague, unleashed a disaster in Europe of historic proportions, wiping out up to 60 percent of the population. The date was 1348. The simple version of t... — Updated 5/6/2020


Support Housing, But Don't Neglect Deerlake

Tore Borhaug is planning to build a major development next to the Deerlake Village community, one that he says will provide affordable housing for workers and retirees. Borhaug has asked the city of Brevard to treat his... — Updated 5/4/2020


Community Leaders Call For Medicaid Expansion

There has never been more urgency to provide health care to North Carolina’s working poor than today during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Partisan bickering aside, Medicaid expansion is the most urgent and fiscally responsible... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Mary Arnaudin    Opinion

Think Of Children Before Rushing To 'Normal'

By Mary Arnaudin During this “pause,” this “intermission,” before the rush to resume or sign up for all our normal activities, travels and commitments – what if there were a way to add back only those things that enrich... — Updated 4/27/2020

 By Jimmy Harris    Opinion

Guest Column: Don't Stop Giving To Others

I have heard of many great acts of support, compassion and genuine care during this difficult time we all try to listen, learn and act on news concerning the COVID-19 virus that is affecting everyone. From the people who are at... — Updated 4/15/2020


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